Housing: Disability

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Government's press release of 20 June 2020, entitled Build build build: Prime Minister announces New Deal for Britain, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of proposed changes to permitted development rights on the accessibility of those properties for disabled people.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

All works are required to meet the appropriate national building regulations set out in Approved Document Part M (Access to and use of buildings) whether the permission for the additional homes is granted via a planning application or a permitted development right.

Local planning authorities should be planning to meet the need for housing in their area, including those for people with a disability, irrespective of these additional homes from upward extensions.

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